Saturday, April 30, 2011

So I've Been Doing Some Drawings...

My interest in art began in college where I majored in architecture and  Rico Lebrun and Jerald Silva are two of the artists I have continued to admire since those days.  Although I have done a little drawing and painting over the years it is only recently that I have begun to draw in earnest.  I find that my technical proficiency is not on par with my compositional visions so this disparity is something I am consciously attending to. I am primarily working on three different theme sets of drawings: old architectural elements, organic imagery, and multiple human figures I’ll post examples from each set separately starting with the architectural elements this time. These weather-worn artifacts are often wonderfully formed and marked by the stories of their history. It is this characteristic that I pursue in drawing them.

Giant Ventilator

Old Sliding Doors

Derelict Kiln

Patched Up Opening

Broken Window


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Ten Architects of Consequence

I recently completed a series of ten portraits of some of the architects that have impressed me over the years.  I used a variety of sources for the likeness and allowed my personal expressiveness to determine composition and technique.  All are crow quill pen and ink – with some incorporating extensive use of ink wash(es).  They appear here in the order in which they were produced along with explanatory captions.

Louis Kahn: At his best achieved an intense timeless quality.

Christopher Wren: In the 1600s Wren was forced by governing agencies to add two unneccessary columns to his design- it wasn't until damage inspections following WWII that it was revealed that both columns stopped just short of the ceiling (!!!).
Malcolm Wells: Probably the foremost advocate of earth covered roofs and "gentle architecture".

Louis Sullivan: Able to capture a spiritual quality in some of his work.
H H Richardson: An enormous architectural appetite - no holds barred.

Emmet Wemple: Teacher and mentor to many Southern California architects of my generation.
 Paolo Soleri: A small man with a huge vision - architecture on steroids.
William Turnbull: A wonderful talent that has yet to be fully appreciated.
Filippo Brunelleschi: One of the great genius-architects of the Italian Renaissance.
Piranesi (father/son): Architectural drawing as good as it gets.